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Boston Video Comedy

Ready to add some flair to your Boston video production? While comedy is a challenging beast due to its subjective nature, there are a few tried and true methods that can appeal to broad audiences. Here are a few tricks and tips to try during and after a Boston video company shoot to get some laughs.

Improv

As funny as a witty line of dialogue may be, after a certain point, the actor responsible for said line will no longer find it as funny as when they first read it. This can be counterproductive to comedic impact; eventually, the delivery of said line will feel disingenuous and lose its initial power from the first few takes. To get around this, try encouraging an actor to spitball a few different versions of the line with a few word changes or additions in the heat of the scene. If you’re forced to call “cut,” because the actors break into laughter from the improvised lines, you’re on the right track for a funny Boston video production.

Entering/Exiting

Comedy often sparks from the disruption of the status quo, which translates to a scene being interrupted or derailed by a sudden occurrence. An easy way to do this is to have a character barge into a scene, unannounced and unwarranted. “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” love to do these kinds of character entrances, thanks to their quick timing and sense of spontaneity. This also applies to characters exiting a scene. In one of the SVG intern videos, Jason’s character dashes out of a room as Nicolette is trying to warn him about his vain video attempt, but he leaves too quickly to hear what she has to say. British comedies will sometimes have characters exit frame by crashing through an object, such as a window, just to give another example.

Break the 4th Wall

The “4th wall” refers to the metaphysical concept of the barrier between performer and audience member. This concept is typically not meant to be addressed during a work of art, (especially film) because it can completely eliminate the sense of immersion. However, when used effectively and regularly, there is great potential for comedy. This is something that Martin Scorsese does in many of his films (ex: Wolf of Wall Street) by having the main character address the audience, thus breaking through the wall of the film medium. A quick note: this trick only works for fictional projects, so don’t expect an everyday Boston YouTube interview to be able to pull this off.

Rhythm of the Cut

For comedic video production services, post-production work must also be given apt attention. Editing becomes crucial because it decides the pacing of jokes in a given video. Sometimes, when this pattern is broken or interrupted,  a particular joke can become even stronger. A great example of this is the power of the awkward pause. The audience is used to a cut for each punchline, but if you just extend the shot and don’t make the cut, the awkwardness in a scene can become palpable and really add to the humor.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in video production services Boston. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

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What to Keep in Mind During a Shoot

When Boston video production services are mentioned, the type of video production equipment is usually the first thing that comes to mind. While this is certainly important, there are many other aspects of a Boston video production shoot that deserve their fair amount of attention.

Direction of Light

While this is obviously important for outside production shoots, this can also affect a Boston video company that is used to working inside shoots. Window glares and reflections can completely shift throughout the course of a day, so keep this in mind when planning for both an exterior and an interior production. For exterior shoots, this issue will dramatically affect shadows, so adjust accordingly.

Change in Background Noise

If there is a parade off in the distance, keep in mind that the absence of the parade noise will be very noticeable. Either find a way to reduce the noise gradually, or to just take it out all together. Background noise is fine, but it needs to stay consistent. This is why a Boston video production company can shoot by Fenway Park, because the crowd noise of the stadium is continuous and can be tuned out by a viewer.

Talent Comfort

Are the actors tired? Do they keep getting frazzled on the wordplay of a specific line? Maybe it’s time for a break and some fresh air. For exterior and long shoots, provide water and lunch when for both the talent and the crew. Always make sure your actors feel relaxed are able to focus. Also be sure to establish comfort levels from the start, especially for a scene involving extreme violence or nudity.

Change in Weather

Rain is the most troublesome type of weather, but also keep in mind that an area will be very humid after rain pours down. This can affect everything from the comfort of actors to a camera lens. This also includes the direction of wind. If a breeze suddenly starts from the ocean, you may need to adjust the direction your equipment is facing, more so for sound purposes rather than for aesthetics. If you shoot in the direction that the wind is coming from, the wind may end up cancelling out the voices of actors, so avoid this scenario when possible.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in video production services Boston. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.